David Gaughran takes on the Author Solutions situation again, this time from the perspective of their participation in a Canadian book festival.
The festival’s stance boils down to, “Well, writers should know to investigate them first.”
Here’s the deal: Writers trust writers groups and book festivals. They assume there is a basic ethical standard that would keep said groups from inviting and supporting known scam artists to stand beside professionals at their events. They assume said groups wouldn’t want their own professional image tarnished.
Increasingly, alas, it’s the assumption of shared basic ethics that permitting companies like ASI to hook new writers with the full support of publishers and book festival organizers. “Sure, ASI is ripping people off, but we’ll keep endorsing them as Super Cool, and blame the writers who fall for it!”
Go read the article and marvel at the book festival response.